Monday, January 1, 2007
Golf's East Coast Mecca Is A Must-See
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Affordable Seaside Lodging. And we mean really affordable. It isn’t every day that you can plop down $39 for one night at a beachfront motel, but in Myrtle Beach, it’s practically the norm, particularly in the low-season months. Granted, the accommodations might not always be The Ritz, but for budget lovers who dig waking up to the sounds of the surf, there’s no better deal anywhere.
T-Shirts. Myrtle Beach might have the largest T-shirt stores in the country. Up and down the Grand Strand, superstore-sized T-shirt stores rise from the ground like fluorescent-lit airport hangars. There’s literally one (sometimes two) of these behemoths on every block. They aren’t just packed with cotton crewnecks; you can also find beach towels, hats, sunglasses and every other imaginable beach item priced to sell.
When To Go
Year-round accommodations are available. (Late summer through spring is the prime time with premium rates. Low rates are available in winter and early summer.)
5 Places to Stay
1. Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
Located in the Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island section of the Grand Strand. Perfect when playing the Waccamaw Trail. It’s a great place for an iced tea too.
2. Patricia Grand
With an indoor “lazy river” and proximity to B’way at the Beach, it’s great for families. Plus, all the rooms were recently renovated, so bring your swim trunks and float away.
3. Sheraton Convention Center
The Sheraton hosts the annual World Amateur Golf Championship’s 19th hole and is close to a ton of mini golf courses.
4. Long Bay Oceanfront Resort
There are 286 oceanfront condos, suites and rooms, plus a “Silly Submarine Kiddie Pool.” The course, however, is a stiff test for anyone.
5. Myrtlewood Villas
One-, two- or three-bedroom villas adjacent to the Myrtlewood Golf Club. One mile to Broadway at the Beach, where it seems everyone likes to go on the weekends.
5 Package Deals
1. Tour Trio Golf Package
Three nights in a country club villa and three rounds of golf at Pawleys, Wachesaw East and TPC of Myrtle Beach. $284-$459
(866) 224-5617, www.tourtriogolf.com
2. The Island Package
Four nights accommodations, golf on Pawleys, The Tradition, Caledonia and True Blue. Plus daily breakfast buffet. $409-$709
(800) 367-9959, www.pawleysplantation.com
3. TPC Myrtle Beach Package
Three nights accommodations, four rounds of golf, breakfast daily, range balls. $306-$479.
(866) 469-7853, www.patriciaresorts.com
4. Play Four Rounds, Get A 5th Free
Five rounds of golf with carts, four nights lodging, daily breakfast. $375-$559
(800) 882-0684, www.ambassadorgolf.com
5. Golf School Packages
Two to five day golf school packages, lodging, golf with cart, breakfast and lunch, instruction, spouse stays free. $625-$1,630
(888) 229-5747, www.seatrail.com
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